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Dr. Jemilah Mahmood

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28/05/2016 21:19 PM
Dr. Jemilah Mahmood is a doctor and humanitarian whom has served as Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) since January 2016. Before joining the IFRC, she was the Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations in New York and was previously the Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA in 2011. From 1999 to 2009, she was the President of the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia), a medical charity which she founded in June 1999 inspired by Doctors Without Borders. In 2008, she was one of 16 members appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fun. She started her career in Kuala Lumpur General Hospital and was a lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Medical Faculty of UKM until 1995. From 1995 to 1998, she was the Treasurer for the Malaysian Obstetrical & Gynaecological Organisation. She was also the Vice President for the Malaysian Menopause Organisation from 1999 to 2000. Until 2009, she was an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. From 2009 to 2011, she was in charge of the humanitarian branch of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in New York City, in which she directed her efforts toward reproductive health, gender-based violence, and emergency population data. On May 2014, she was appointed to head the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) headquarters in New York.  She learned from Teach for Malaysia that if the problems are universal, then the solutions are shareable. MERCY Malaysia has performed medical charity and medical rescue work in several countries, including Afghanistan and in Indonesia following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Among the awards that she has received are the Isa Award for Service to Humanity in 2013 and the First East Asia Women’s Peace Award under the Humanitarian Service category in 2003.